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Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash

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Product Highlights
  • Quick Shift Bounce - Pivot 90° L/R
  • Built-in Bounce Sheet
  • Wireless Ratio Control - 3 Flash Groups
  • Effective Range: Over 30'
  • Color Temperature: Approx. 5500K
  • Retractable 15mm Wide-Angle Panel
  • TTL/Continuous/Pre-Flash/Manual/Red-Eye
  • Multi Interface Shoe Connector
  • Runs on 4 AA Alkaline / NiMH Batteries
  • Mini Stand and Case Included

The HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash from Sony is an auto / manual flash unit that offers flexible lighting control and is compatible with Sony's Multi Interface shoe. Its Quick Shift Bounce system allows it to pivot 90° left and right, allowing you to maintain horizontal light distribution even when shooting vertically. Additionally, it can tilt 8° downward and 150° upward. It features a retractable 15mm wide-angle panel, as well as a built-in bounce sheet that can be used even when shooting vertically--without changing the angle of reflected light. The flash can also be used as a modeling light.

Wireless Ratio Control enables the wireless control of up to three groups of flashes with user-selected luminosity ratios. The HVL-F43M features automatic TTL mode in addition to continuous, pre-flash and manual settings. Red-eye reduction and high-speed sync are available. The flash has an effective range of over 30'. It features a 5500K color temperature and also performs automatic white balance and auto zoom.

The HVL-F43M is powered by 4 AA alkaline or NiMH batteries; with alkalines, it will produce around 200 flashes. A durable unit, it is resistant to both dust and moisture. As an added bonus, a mini stand and case are supplied.

Multi Interface Shoe Connection
Enables expanded compatibility with Sony Alpha cameras, in addition to other cameras featuring a traditional hot shoe
Quick Shift Bounce System
Affords versatility by enabling flash to pivot 90° left and right, allowing you to maintain horizontal light distribution even when shooting vertically. Additionally, lets flash tilt down 8° and up/back 150°
Versatile Bounce Angles
90° up and 90° left. Allows the flash head to be rotated while maintaining the set bounce angle, so you can quickly switch between horizontal and vertical orientation without changing the light angle
Built-In Bounce Sheet
Can be used even when shooting in a vertical position without changing the angle of reflected light
Retractable Wide-Angle Panel
Provides an angle of coverage equivalent to that of a 15mm lens
Modeling Light Capability
Allows the HVL-F43M to pulse, helping you determine where shadows will fall before taking photos so that you can alter lighting or subject positioning as needed
Wireless Ratio Control
Lets you wirelessly control up to three groups of flashes and specify the luminosity ratio for each group. Use multiple-flash lighting techniques without the need for special equipment or tedious exposure settings
Flash Modes
Automatic TTL mode in addition to continuous, pre-flash and manual settings. In continuous mode, get up to 10 flashes/sec for a maximum of 40 flashes. Red-eye reduction and high-speed sync are also available
Guide Number
141' / 43m at ISO 100 with 105mm lens
Flash Metering System
Direct TTL
Range
Works effectively at a distance of over 30' (9.1 m)
Color Temperature
Approx. 5500K
Auto White Balance
Tells your camera the color temperature for white balance
Auto Zoom
Optimized for camera sensor size
Power Source
Runs on 4 AA alkaline or NiMH batteries. With alkalines, will produce about 200 flashes
Durable Design
Constructed from PC and ABS. Sealant is set at joints of outer components, including body, LCD panel and mounting foot, as well as around moving parts, to keep out dust and moisture--extending useful life of flash. Unit can be safely stored at temperatures from -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Additional Features
Simple controls, test button, power-saving mode
Included Accessories
Mini stand and carrying case
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 141.08' (43 m) ISO100 at 105 mm position
Exposure Control Manual/TTL
Angle of Coverage 8° - 150° Vertical
90° - 90° Horizontal
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes
Recycle Time Approximately 2.9 seconds
Flash Duration Not Specified By Manufacturer
Compensation Not Specified By Manufacturer
Wireless Groups 3 Groups
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.0 x 5.6 x 3.5" / 7.6 x 14.2 x 8.9 cm
Weight 12.5 oz / 354 g excluding batteries
Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash
  • Carrying Case
  • Mini Stand
  • Protective Cap for Connector
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    SonyHVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash
     
    4.6

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (15)
    • Compact (7)
    • Durable (7)
    • Great picture quality (6)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family photos (11)
      • Weddings (10)
      • Travel (7)
      • Landscape/scenery (4)
      • Video (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-pro photographer (5)
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Even better than the F43AM

      Just like it's predecessor, the F43AM which I still own, this makes for a very solid external flash option for newer Sony cameras- the big change of course is the new F43M unit...Read complete review

      Just like it's predecessor, the F43AM which I still own, this makes for a very solid external flash option for newer Sony cameras- the big change of course is the new F43M unit uses the new MIS (Multi Interface Shoe) interface. It still has these features:- Sony's unique swivel head design ("Quick Shift Bounce"), probably this flash unit's best feature, for changing bounce angles and easy switching to and from landscape and portrait shooting by a quick flick of the hand.. the F43M/AM is Sony's smallest flash unit with this feature, which makes it leagues better than the F20M/AM. Angles range from 8 to 150 degrees vertically and 90 degrees each side. - Guide Number of 43, which is plenty powerful for bounce flash use for most uses. How powerful is this? Well with the camera set to ISO 100, it gave me overly-white (overexposed) shots until I had stopped down aperture to F/22, 1/250 sec. in my living room with a white ceiling. At full power, it can fire another in 2.9 seconds or pretty much without any delay for most power levels. I imagine a working professional may want more headroom (ex. with the larger F60M) for dealing with darker, higher ceilings.- a built-in, pull-out wide angle diffuser and white bounce card- the diffuser is very handy for ensuring even bounce flash coverage with irregular ceilings during busy events like weddings and the bounce card can provide additional highlights to your subjects' eyes; these take up no additional space in your bag and I actually leave the STO-FEN Omni-Bounce OM-EW attachment at home most of the time.- comes with a foldable stand and a cushioned zipper case (note the omission of the orange Alpha logo on both the case and flash head, as is the case with recent Sony camera products, which strangely makes the unit seem more premium)- supports HSS (high-speed sync.)- basically allows shooting at shutter speeds beyond your camera's x-sync speed (1/250 on the A99, which is properly exposed with this flash, BTW) up towards your camera's fastest shutter speed (I've tested 1/8000 on the A99) and is very handy for overpowering ambient lighting- can work wirelessly and be triggered by your camera's built-in flash, or in the case of full-frame cameras like the A99 with no included flash, can also be triggered by another external flash mounted on the camera. For my purposes, the F43M is on top of the A99 and the F43AM acts as the wireless flash- I tested firing a long wireless flash burst on high-speed drive (6fps) and both flash units worked in unison to get perfect flash exposures in wicked-fast wireless fashion all the way until the camera itself hit its (RAW) buffer limit. Sony's specs indicate the flash can work well up to continuous shooting of 10fps.- can act as a flash controller for other wireless flashes and has ratio control for creative use- TTL- and with the A99, so long as there is sufficient light and the flash is not wrongly bounced or blocked, it seems every shot is perfectly.. I mean PERFECTLY AND CONSISTENTLY exposed- manual mode for the experts (I've never operated in a studio and my shooting style has not called for using manual, though I did test overheating this flash on manual mode..) and the ability to fire at a continuous strobe for multiple exposures in 1 shot (ex. total of 5 flashes, every half a second).- has an effective and wide AF-assist beam. On the A99, which comes with a bright AF-assist for the center focusing points, I observed that sometimes it uses the A99's built-in AF-assist beam and other times the F43M's. I'm not sure what the logic is but locking focus in dark environments where phase-detect normally would struggle or a plain white wall works very well.- auto-zoom from 24mm to 105mm (and as wide as 15mm with the wide angle diffuser)- test and modeling flash, which may be set to fire in a short burst- it is weather-sealed, though I cannot validate this nor am I willing to test this in pouring rain. I can say the battery compartment has the proper seals and all buttons feel damped. Also the swivel action of the flash head feels very solid, even more so than the F43AM, though it could just be needing breaking-in.- has a nice amber LCD backlight and matching amber LED flash-is-ready-to-fire indicator / test button.- continues to use (boring old) AA batteries, granted most flashes in the market do and working pros may prefer this... I'm still looking forward to a flash unit with a lithium pack for a reduction in size and weight! Oh well, though I've been using and like the eneloop XX 2500mAh batteries.So what's changed over the F43AM?- a built-in LED light which the specs indicate are 400 lx at 0.5 m or 100 lx at 1 meter; you can adjust the power levels from 1 to 10 on the flash unit. The dimmest setting is not so bad for people in the vicinity (and is already much more bright than the an iPhone's LED flash), though at level 10, even people wearing sunglasses will be complaining- everyone else will be momentarily blinded, as this reviewer was when testing it. The LED light can be only be used independently of the main flash and is activated by a button on the side of the unit. It can be used without the flash unit being mounted on the camera, which expands its creative use. It can be used as solid-state lighting for taking pictures for when you don't want to strobe and becomes very useful for taking video. There is only a single bright LED but the reflector design works well and you end up with a very even spread of white light in a large egg shape. Video professionals may still want to opt for a dedicated LED panel with dozens or hundreds of LEDs for more power and a softer effect from a larger light source.- flash exposure compensation is now featured prominently on the flash so you have direct access to it just by pressing the up and down keys, see it right on the flash unit's LCD, and not have to dive into a menu in the camera to change this- this was relatively quick with the A99's Function menu or Quick Navi interface, but this saves steps with the camera's buttons and joystick. This is a big usability plus especially during a busy shoot! Thanks to Gary Friedman's article about recent Sony Alphas dealing with flash exposure differently, I have FEC set to -0.7 EV most of the time for natural-looking exposures; I currently do this with FEC on the A99 permanently set to -0.7 EV and 0 EV on the F43M. Should I want to manipulate the FEC depending on the scene, I would just make adjustments on the flash unit.- the new hotshoe mount is very nice. It's very firm and secure on both the camera shoe and the flash unit's stand and has a reassuring locking lever, which also employs 2 locking pins which stops any movement. To release the flash unit, a button on the lever needs to be depressed. One of the unfortunate changes Sony has made in the transition to the ISO hotshoe from its (much-loved by Sony users / hated by all others) auto-lock shoe was with the adapter that came included on its newer cameras and caused older flash units to slip off even with proper tightening because it did not have a locking pin. I've been dreading the F43AM on the adapter falling off with each outing and it hasn't been until this F43M that I no longer have to worry about that. The shoe is still made of plastic, though that has the upside of not damaging the camera hotshoe or flash should something cause heavy stress on this connector (ex. dropping the camera with flash mounted)- should it break, there are 4 screws to replace this part, in theory (I have not seen how much this part costs).- the overall finish of the unit is less shiny than the F43AM, and has a fine sandpaper feel. It appears to show my oily fingerprints more. How's that for making your gear truly yours? (hah)- the flash unit has increased in height slightly from the F43AM, though when mounted on the newer Sony cameras, it becomes much lower from not having to use the adapter. There is a much improved lower center of gravity with the F43M on the A99 than the long neck contraption that was the F43AM with adapter.Differences with the F60M- this unit's larger brother, the F60M had many reported issues of overheating, and only after a handful of near-full power flashes (granted GN60 is pretty powerful), when it would go to the bleachers for several minutes of cooling down. I wanted to like the F60M though this factor and the increased heft ultimately made me wait for a replacement for the F43AM. I wanted to make sure that this part of the Sony DNA (sorry, couldn't resist!) didn't trickle down to the F43M and so I test fired in manual mode- 1/1 full-power shots as fast as I could basically whenever the amber light lit, indicating the flash had recycled, approximately every 3 seconds until it overheated and it was able to do it straight for 36-38 full-power shots- for a total of around 2-3 minutes of flashing. Not bad and I don't see this ridiculous scenario happening in the real world!- the F60M has probably the world's most user-friendly LCD with software that looks like it was built from the ground-up for it with graphical bars for flash exposure compensation and the LED light level which works well with its control wheel; unfortunately the F43M does not inherit this (and continues to use the directional arrows) and the LCD looks slightly revised (mainly with the addition of the FEC adjustment) from the F43AM's older, but still straightforward interface.- the F60M's LED light is on the flash head which allows it to be tilted in all sorts of angles for creative use, whereas the F43M's LED light is fixed on the base. The F60M also has a snap-on diffuser and an amber-gelled attachment for the LED light, which the F43M doesn't have room for.- the F60M is Sony's only current flash unit that can be attached with an external battery pack, which some wedding photographers consider a must-have.- the F43M doesn't come with a STO-FEN-like diffuser nor does it come with an adapter for backwards-compatibility with older Sony cameras.- unless the F60M I tried at Sony's booth at a B&H event was abused, this F43M feels much more solid and better builtPrice-wise, it is a little on the high side. At $[$], this is currently a bit more than the F43AM, which I thought was perfectly priced at around $[$] when it was released. It's easy to justify this expense should you need a good bounce flash solution and know you would be using it often, however. Every serious shooter should have one for indoor photography. Acquiring a bright lens would get you more light, however gives you no control over how shadows are cast on your subjects and areas of focus (ex. needing F/5.6-8 so subjects are not blurred) will become much more limited. Also, as lighting and composition are the 2 main components of great photos, this is an outstanding tool for supplying most of the lighting portion.In summary, unless you must have the F60M's features and aren't concerned of its overheating tendencies, and feel just as I do, that the benefits of this flash outweigh the size and weight advantage of the F20M/AM, I can wholeheartedly recommend the F43M for all Sony shooters with recent cameras (starting with the A99, A58, NEX6, RX100 II, RX1, etc.). The F43AM remains a great choice for those with the auto-lock shoe, unless you have plans to acquire a newer Sony camera, in which case I would then get the F43M and Sony's ADP-AMA adapter. Sony appears to be committed to this new MIS interface across all their cameras and this update to the F43 has been done very well.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Works but NOT with Sony A65

      I bought this flash to work with my Sony A65. The A65 has an older style connector. I am able to use the remote trigger/wireless feature but the on camera integration does not...Read complete review

      I bought this flash to work with my Sony A65. The A65 has an older style connector. I am able to use the remote trigger/wireless feature but the on camera integration does not work. I called B&H and the rep said it would work with an adapter which I bought but while the flash does attach with the adapter it does not communicate with the camera or let me use this flash in place of the built in flash. I like the flash and did extensive research before buying. However there is little to no information about compatibility. I plan to keep the flash but regret buying it and then spending money on an adapter that did not solve my problem.

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      4.0

      A great flash for a great camera

      By TylerWinPhotography

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

      This is the first flash I've ever used and I love the product! I can't really give an extensive review so I just started using the flash and I'm not too experienced in using a flash but I love it. It's not too big, but it's on the heavier side. Great buy for the A7r!

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      5.0

      I love it!

      By Batcave30

      from St Charles IL

      Comments about Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

      Is an amazing flash unit it goes great with my sony a77 and the adapter, I shot a couple of events and the results are amazing.
      And B&H shipped right away I love it.

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      5.0

      nice flash!!

      By richirich

      from los Angeles

      Comments about Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

      It's a nice flash, easy to use, works perfect in my a77!!

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      4.0

      Flexible, simple.

      By Megan

      from Pennsylvania

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Functional

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

        Although I primarily shoot in natural light and have very little experience with flash photography, I will say that I am very pleased with this purchase. It makes an a7 extremely top heavy, but that's to be expected with such a small camera. The settings, though I'm sure basic, were very easy to get the hang of, and the bounce sheet was an absolute lifesaver when used for an outdoor wedding reception. After shooting for several hours, it barely even started to get warm--don't worry about it overheating. My only complaint is that the lock mechanism does not work at all. It could just be an issue with mine in particular, but I learned very quickly to beware of tilt, as it will slide off without hesitation.

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        3.0

        Works but NOT with Sony A65

        By QualityForLess

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

            I bought this flash to work with my Sony A65. The A65 has an older style connector. I am able to use the remote trigger/wireless feature but the on camera integration does not work. I called B&H and the rep said it would work with an adapter which I bought but while the flash does attach with the adapter it does not communicate with the camera or let me use this flash in place of the built in flash. I like the flash and did extensive research before buying. However there is little to no information about compatibility. I plan to keep the flash but regret buying it and then spending money on an adapter that did not solve my problem.

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            5.0

            HVL-F43M

            By kgsmith

            from Jamestown, PA

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            Pros

            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                Very nice flash. Teamed with Sony's cord on an RX1R is a great combination. The TTL metering works very well especially for outdoor photos.

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                3.0

                Problem with the Sony Camera System.

                By Circle Lam

                from Hong Kong

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                    There is one problem with the Sony Camera System. The flash, I got the HVL-F34M External Flash, but every time the flash fire, my baby will close his eyes. Why? Because the pre-flash takes too long. I have the Canon flash, and it takes less time on the pre-flash so that my baby will not sense it.

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                    5.0

                    Best Flash for the Sony RX10!

                    By KWB

                    from SoCal

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                      Although pricey, it performs like a champ! Used this on my Sony RX10 as a fill flash as the subjects were under umbrellas on a bright sunny day. The pictures came out fantastic and were well lit, almost like a 3D effect, and all while using the camera in the auto setting. It doesn't get any easier than that!

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                      4.0

                      Good Choice

                      By Jimmy

                      from California

                      Comments about Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                      Just right for use on the Sony Alpha a7

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                      5.0

                      Excellent product

                      By mike

                      from Western North Carolina

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Picture Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                        This flash is simple to use and its' auto features are a pleasure, e.g. auto zoom with lens adjustment and TTL exposure. It is a fine complement to my Sony A7.

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                        5.0

                        Great product

                        By FHR

                        from North Haledon, NJ

                        Comments about Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                        This product performs as advertised. It allows you to work under a wide range of lighting conditions and delivers the required amount of lighting. I have a Sony SLT-A55V body and matching Sony lenses and the flash adapted correctly for the zoom level automatically. The continuous LED light provided for video has a useful intensity selector, but don't expect too much lumen output as with a more powerful, for-video light.

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                        5.0

                        Versatile

                        By Jim

                        from Cincinnati, OH

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Travel
                          • Video

                          Comments about Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                          A great flash with lots of versatility. I really like that Sony included the video LED light and the bounce card. I bought this as a companion to the RX10 and it works well and is nicely balanced.

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                          5.0

                          Works for Me

                          By Topher

                          from New York, NY

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                            This flash unit works great on my Sony a7. The locking mechanism feels solid and there is no wobble when it's on the camera. It is quite bright and has no trouble lighting up most of my scenes. The built-in bounce card is very useful. The one thing I wish it had is radio wireless triggering. Since my a7 doesn't have a built-in flash, I'd have to buy another one of these to trigger it optically, and that's a lot of cash to drop. Also, you can't use the video light and the flash at the same time...which would be nice for manual focusing in low light.

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                            5.0

                            Best flash ever !

                            By photobill

                            from Sacramento,Ca

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Great Picture Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                              Works great on my A7 , and I love the rotating head.

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                              5.0

                              GREAT FLASH ON THE A77

                              By DG7878

                              from SPRING HILL, FL.

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Great Picture Quality

                              Cons

                              • Bulky

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                              THIS FLASH IS GREAT AND EASY TO USE, ALL THE PICTURES COME OUT GREAT WITH GOOD EXPOSURE AND IT IS EASY TO USE OFF CAMERA AS WELL. THE FLASH EVEN KEEPS UP WITH THE CAMERA ON CONTINUOUS SHOOTING DRIVE MODE (HIGH AND LOW SETTINGS). I USE THIS FLASH ON THE SONY A77 SLT AND YOU WILL NEED AN AUTO-LOCK ACCESSORY SHOE ADAPTER, SONY PART# ADP-AMA, TO USE ON THIS CAMERA.

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                              5.0

                              Great Upgrade from the HVL-F43AM

                              By Aaron

                              from San Diego, CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Travel
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                                I use this mainly as an on-camera flash with my Sony A7 camera, and it works wonderfully. It is a bit large on the A7's compact body, but it serves its purpose nicely. The LED light is also a nice touch that the HVL-F43AM lacked and comes in handy when shooting video. The articulating head works wonderfully and can accommodate for any angle I might need when utilizing flash bouncing.

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                                5.0

                                Excellent Workhorse!

                                By Doublehamm

                                from Shakopee MN

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Good Video Quality
                                • Great Picture Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Travel
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                                  Very tough to get this flash to overheat! Very consistent performance! I first purchased the HVL-F60M a few weeks back. I only did one "shoot" with it, which was for my newborn nephew. In 3.5 hours, trying as hard as I could I only was able to capture 73 photos with the flash (about 1 photo every 3 minutes average) because I spent the majority of the time waiting for the darn thing to not be overheated. It never felt warm to me (batteries or flash) but kept displaying the error. So I returned that flash out of frustration.I decided to give the HVL-F43M a try, as it still had sufficient power for anything I needed photo wise. I was also interested in getting it to work as an off camera flash. Well this ended up pretty much being a no brainer! Let's see. 2 Flashes for the same price of the overheating HVL-F60M. Now I came home, popped in fresh batteries and gave it the best stress test I could do. In 35 minutes, I snapped 362 photos with the HVL-F20M on the camera, and the HVL-F43M sitting elsewhere in the room. FINALLY after my finger was getting sore did the HVL-F43M give me the overheated warning (HVL-F20M still seemed to want to keep trucking). Batteries still seem to be sufficient in both flashes after letting sit to cool, so that is another plus. Let's see - 1 photo every 3 minutes, or about 10 photos a minute? I will take this super combo, thank you! I am not sure why their "flagship" monster flash (HVL-F60M) cannot stay cool. Actually I think it stays cool but I feel maybe the sensor is bad and it seems to be a common issue with this flash. When I put my hand on the top of the flash it is perfectly cool and if I take out the batteries they are not even warm. But alas, I cannot use the flash with the giant thermometer telling me to slow down. About 10 minutes into the HVL-F43M stress test the bulb and batteries were very warm to the touch but the warning never came on until much MUCH later. I hope Sony fixes this issue soon as I still have high hopes for this flash if and ONLY if you could use it as a professional workhorse! The video light is okay on this flash, at least from an all-in-one standpoint if you need something quick. I have some nice LED panels so I won't use this too much, just the convenience if you really needed it. One final note - as I was really mainly stress testing HVL-F43M, the only "ready" light I paid attention to was the HVL-F43M. Quite often I never let the HVL-F20M CHG light light up (meaning I was firing it at reduced strength) and EVERY time it was still strong enough to set off my HVL-F43M. I understand this seems to be a review of 3 different flashes, and really it is, but I hope this helps you decide the best choice for you!

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Product

                                  By Rich

                                  from Clarkston, MI

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                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                                    Finally a Sony flash that doesn't need the hot shoe adapter. The Flash is very easy to use. I love how you can rotate the flash as you change your camera angle.

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                                    5.0

                                    Even better than the F43AM

                                    By Jake Y.

                                    from New York, NY

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy to Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Family Photos
                                      • Travel
                                      • Video
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                                      Just like it's predecessor, the F43AM which I still own, this makes for a very solid external flash option for newer Sony cameras- the big change of course is the new F43M unit uses the new MIS (Multi Interface Shoe) interface. It still has these features:- Sony's unique swivel head design ("Quick Shift Bounce"), probably this flash unit's best feature, for changing bounce angles and easy switching to and from landscape and portrait shooting by a quick flick of the hand.. the F43M/AM is Sony's smallest flash unit with this feature, which makes it leagues better than the F20M/AM. Angles range from 8 to 150 degrees vertically and 90 degrees each side. - Guide Number of 43, which is plenty powerful for bounce flash use for most uses. How powerful is this? Well with the camera set to ISO 100, it gave me overly-white (overexposed) shots until I had stopped down aperture to F/22, 1/250 sec. in my living room with a white ceiling. At full power, it can fire another in 2.9 seconds or pretty much without any delay for most power levels. I imagine a working professional may want more headroom (ex. with the larger F60M) for dealing with darker, higher ceilings.- a built-in, pull-out wide angle diffuser and white bounce card- the diffuser is very handy for ensuring even bounce flash coverage with irregular ceilings during busy events like weddings and the bounce card can provide additional highlights to your subjects' eyes; these take up no additional space in your bag and I actually leave the STO-FEN Omni-Bounce OM-EW attachment at home most of the time.- comes with a foldable stand and a cushioned zipper case (note the omission of the orange Alpha logo on both the case and flash head, as is the case with recent Sony camera products, which strangely makes the unit seem more premium)- supports HSS (high-speed sync.)- basically allows shooting at shutter speeds beyond your camera's x-sync speed (1/250 on the A99, which is properly exposed with this flash, BTW) up towards your camera's fastest shutter speed (I've tested 1/8000 on the A99) and is very handy for overpowering ambient lighting- can work wirelessly and be triggered by your camera's built-in flash, or in the case of full-frame cameras like the A99 with no included flash, can also be triggered by another external flash mounted on the camera. For my purposes, the F43M is on top of the A99 and the F43AM acts as the wireless flash- I tested firing a long wireless flash burst on high-speed drive (6fps) and both flash units worked in unison to get perfect flash exposures in wicked-fast wireless fashion all the way until the camera itself hit its (RAW) buffer limit. Sony's specs indicate the flash can work well up to continuous shooting of 10fps.- can act as a flash controller for other wireless flashes and has ratio control for creative use- TTL- and with the A99, so long as there is sufficient light and the flash is not wrongly bounced or blocked, it seems every shot is perfectly.. I mean PERFECTLY AND CONSISTENTLY exposed- manual mode for the experts (I've never operated in a studio and my shooting style has not called for using manual, though I did test overheating this flash on manual mode..) and the ability to fire at a continuous strobe for multiple exposures in 1 shot (ex. total of 5 flashes, every half a second).- has an effective and wide AF-assist beam. On the A99, which comes with a bright AF-assist for the center focusing points, I observed that sometimes it uses the A99's built-in AF-assist beam and other times the F43M's. I'm not sure what the logic is but locking focus in dark environments where phase-detect normally would struggle or a plain white wall works very well.- auto-zoom from 24mm to 105mm (and as wide as 15mm with the wide angle diffuser)- test and modeling flash, which may be set to fire in a short burst- it is weather-sealed, though I cannot validate this nor am I willing to test this in pouring rain. I can say the battery compartment has the proper seals and all buttons feel damped. Also the swivel action of the flash head feels very solid, even more so than the F43AM, though it could just be needing breaking-in.- has a nice amber LCD backlight and matching amber LED flash-is-ready-to-fire indicator / test button.- continues to use (boring old) AA batteries, granted most flashes in the market do and working pros may prefer this... I'm still looking forward to a flash unit with a lithium pack for a reduction in size and weight! Oh well, though I've been using and like the eneloop XX 2500mAh batteries.So what's changed over the F43AM?- a built-in LED light which the specs indicate are 400 lx at 0.5 m or 100 lx at 1 meter; you can adjust the power levels from 1 to 10 on the flash unit. The dimmest setting is not so bad for people in the vicinity (and is already much more bright than the an iPhone's LED flash), though at level 10, even people wearing sunglasses will be complaining- everyone else will be momentarily blinded, as this reviewer was when testing it. The LED light can be only be used independently of the main flash and is activated by a button on the side of the unit. It can be used without the flash unit being mounted on the camera, which expands its creative use. It can be used as solid-state lighting for taking pictures for when you don't want to strobe and becomes very useful for taking video. There is only a single bright LED but the reflector design works well and you end up with a very even spread of white light in a large egg shape. Video professionals may still want to opt for a dedicated LED panel with dozens or hundreds of LEDs for more power and a softer effect from a larger light source.- flash exposure compensation is now featured prominently on the flash so you have direct access to it just by pressing the up and down keys, see it right on the flash unit's LCD, and not have to dive into a menu in the camera to change this- this was relatively quick with the A99's Function menu or Quick Navi interface, but this saves steps with the camera's buttons and joystick. This is a big usability plus especially during a busy shoot! Thanks to Gary Friedman's article about recent Sony Alphas dealing with flash exposure differently, I have FEC set to -0.7 EV most of the time for natural-looking exposures; I currently do this with FEC on the A99 permanently set to -0.7 EV and 0 EV on the F43M. Should I want to manipulate the FEC depending on the scene, I would just make adjustments on the flash unit.- the new hotshoe mount is very nice. It's very firm and secure on both the camera shoe and the flash unit's stand and has a reassuring locking lever, which also employs 2 locking pins which stops any movement. To release the flash unit, a button on the lever needs to be depressed. One of the unfortunate changes Sony has made in the transition to the ISO hotshoe from its (much-loved by Sony users / hated by all others) auto-lock shoe was with the adapter that came included on its newer cameras and caused older flash units to slip off even with proper tightening because it did not have a locking pin. I've been dreading the F43AM on the adapter falling off with each outing and it hasn't been until this F43M that I no longer have to worry about that. The shoe is still made of plastic, though that has the upside of not damaging the camera hotshoe or flash should something cause heavy stress on this connector (ex. dropping the camera with flash mounted)- should it break, there are 4 screws to replace this part, in theory (I have not seen how much this part costs).- the overall finish of the unit is less shiny than the F43AM, and has a fine sandpaper feel. It appears to show my oily fingerprints more. How's that for making your gear truly yours? (hah)- the flash unit has increased in height slightly from the F43AM, though when mounted on the newer Sony cameras, it becomes much lower from not having to use the adapter. There is a much improved lower center of gravity with the F43M on the A99 than the long neck contraption that was the F43AM with adapter.Differences with the F60M- this unit's larger brother, the F60M had many reported issues of overheating, and only after a handful of near-full power flashes (granted GN60 is pretty powerful), when it would go to the bleachers for several minutes of cooling down. I wanted to like the F60M though this factor and the increased heft ultimately made me wait for a replacement for the F43AM. I wanted to make sure that this part of the Sony DNA (sorry, couldn't resist!) didn't trickle down to the F43M and so I test fired in manual mode- 1/1 full-power shots as fast as I could basically whenever the amber light lit, indicating the flash had recycled, approximately every 3 seconds until it overheated and it was able to do it straight for 36-38 full-power shots- for a total of around 2-3 minutes of flashing. Not bad and I don't see this ridiculous scenario happening in the real world!- the F60M has probably the world's most user-friendly LCD with software that looks like it was built from the ground-up for it with graphical bars for flash exposure compensation and the LED light level which works well with its control wheel; unfortunately the F43M does not inherit this (and continues to use the directional arrows) and the LCD looks slightly revised (mainly with the addition of the FEC adjustment) from the F43AM's older, but still straightforward interface.- the F60M's LED light is on the flash head which allows it to be tilted in all sorts of angles for creative use, whereas the F43M's LED light is fixed on the base. The F60M also has a snap-on diffuser and an amber-gelled attachment for the LED light, which the F43M doesn't have room for.- the F60M is Sony's only current flash unit that can be attached with an external battery pack, which some wedding photographers consider a must-have.- the F43M doesn't come with a STO-FEN-like diffuser nor does it come with an adapter for backwards-compatibility with older Sony cameras.- unless the F60M I tried at Sony's booth at a B&H event was abused, this F43M feels much more solid and better builtPrice-wise, it is a little on the high side. At $[$], this is currently a bit more than the F43AM, which I thought was perfectly priced at around $[$] when it was released. It's easy to justify this expense should you need a good bounce flash solution and know you would be using it often, however. Every serious shooter should have one for indoor photography. Acquiring a bright lens would get you more light, however gives you no control over how shadows are cast on your subjects and areas of focus (ex. needing F/5.6-8 so subjects are not blurred) will become much more limited. Also, as lighting and composition are the 2 main components of great photos, this is an outstanding tool for supplying most of the lighting portion.In summary, unless you must have the F60M's features and aren't concerned of its overheating tendencies, and feel just as I do, that the benefits of this flash outweigh the size and weight advantage of the F20M/AM, I can wholeheartedly recommend the F43M for all Sony shooters with recent cameras (starting with the A99, A58, NEX6, RX100 II, RX1, etc.). The F43AM remains a great choice for those with the auto-lock shoe, unless you have plans to acquire a newer Sony camera, in which case I would then get the F43M and Sony's ADP-AMA adapter. Sony appears to be committed to this new MIS interface across all their cameras and this update to the F43 has been done very well.

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